“Indians Should Decide For India”: Sachin Tendulkar after Rihanna’s Tweet on farmer protest

Mumbai: After the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reacted sharply to the comments by international pop star Rihanna on farmers’ protests, Indian legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has tweeted that only “Indians should decide for India” and the country’s sovereignty could not be compromised.

External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation,” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, with the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

The cricket legend is the latest to tweet after Bollywood stars, union ministers and others, who shared the government’s sharp statement after tweets by Rihanna, climate activist Greta Thunberg and many US and UK lawmakers and celebrities took the farmer protests to the global stage.

The foreign ministry said “a very small section of farmers in parts of the country” had some reservations about the farm laws and asserted: “Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken.

The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.” The government statement included the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda, which were later used by many.

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